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Dag the Wise

Dag the Wise
  • Alias: Dag the Wise
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: Human
  • Occupation: King
  • Religion: Mythological beliefs
  • Allies: Birds of various lands, particularly his sparrow companion
  • Enemies: Ambushers and adversaries encountered during his quests
  • Abode/Base of operations: His kingdom and various lands during his journeys
  • Nationality: Swedish
  • Languages: Human languages and the language of birds
  • Alignment: Lawful Neutral
  • Affiliation(s): House of Ynglings, Reidgotaland
  • Significant others: None specified in the available information

Meet Dag the Wise, a legendary figure from Swedish mythology whose name resonates through the ages. As a key figure in the House of Ynglings, Dag is known for his extraordinary abilities and profound wisdom. Born as the son of Dyggvi, a former king, Dag possesses an uncanny skill: he can understand the language of birds, a gift that connects him to the natural world in a unique way. His close companion, a sparrow, acts as a messenger, bringing him news from distant lands. This bond between man and bird sets the stage for both remarkable adventures and unforeseen tragedies.

Dag’s world takes a tragic turn when his beloved sparrow is killed during one of its journeys. Fueled by grief and a desire for vengeance, Dag sets out on a quest to Reidgotaland, seeking to avenge the death of his feathered friend. Little does he know that this journey will lead him into a dangerous confrontation and ultimately seal his fate. Despite his wisdom and foresight, Dag’s unrelenting pursuit of justice drives him into an ambush, where he meets his untimely end at the hands of a thrall.

Courageous and driven by a deep sense of justice, Dag’s motivations stem from a genuine connection to the world around him. His understanding of bird language isn’t just a mere curiosity; it’s a bridge that allows him to gather information and forge connections with creatures beyond human comprehension. However, this connection also exposes him to the harsh realities of life and death in the natural world.

As a character, Dag embodies the complexities of a hero guided by both intellect and emotion. His wisdom empowers him to navigate challenges, but his grief and thirst for retribution cloud his judgment. This dichotomy between reason and emotion drives his actions and ultimately leads him into a fateful confrontation. Dag’s legacy lives on through his deeds, showcasing the delicate balance between knowledge and vulnerability that defines his character.

In the grand tapestry of mythology, Dag the Wise emerges as a symbol of humanity’s unyielding quest for understanding and justice. His story serves as a reminder that even the most enlightened minds can be guided by passions and emotions, weaving a tale that resonates with both the ancient and modern realms.

Illustration by Gerhard Munthe (1899), Dag the Wise
Illustration by Gerhard Munthe (1899)

Medium Humanoid (Human), Lawful Neutral

Armor Class 16 (Chain Mail) Hit Points 84 (8d8 + 48) Speed 30 ft.

14 (+2)12 (+1)16 (+3)14 (+2)18 (+4)16 (+3)

Skills Insight +7, Persuasion +6 Senses Passive Perception 14 Languages Common, Bird-Speech (Magical Ability)

Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)

Special Traits

  • Bird-Speech: Dag the Wise can magically comprehend and communicate with birds. He can understand and speak to birds as if using the speak with animals spell, but only with avian creatures.


  • Multiattack: Dag the Wise makes two attacks with his longsword.
  • Longsword: Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d8 + 2) slashing damage.
  • Sparrow’s Revenge (Recharge 5-6): Dag summons the vengeful spirit of his sparrow to attack his enemies. A swarm of spectral sparrows emerges and swirls around a creature Dag chooses within 60 feet of him. The target must succeed on a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw or take 18 (4d8) psychic damage and be frightened until the end of its next turn.


  • Avenger’s Resilience: When Dag the Wise is hit by a melee attack, he can use his reaction to gain a +2 bonus to AC against that attack.


  • Chain Mail, Longsword, Sparrow Feather Amulet (Magical Item): While wearing this amulet, Dag gains the ability to cast the speak with animals spell at will, targeting only birds. Additionally, the amulet grants him advantage on Wisdom (Insight) checks when communicating with birds.
  • Sparrow’s Blessing (Magic Weapon): This longsword is infused with the spirit of Dag’s vengeful sparrow. The sword deals an extra 1d6 psychic damage on a hit, and once per day, Dag can use an action to command the sword to emit a burst of psychic energy. Each creature within 10 feet of him must make a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw or take 14 (4d6) psychic damage and be frightened for 1 minute. The target can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the frightened condition on a success.

Legendary Actions Dag the Wise can take 2 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action can be used at a time, and only at the end of another creature’s turn. Dag regains spent legendary actions at the start of his turn.

  • Sparrow’s Guidance: Dag uses his knowledge of avian communication to grant advantage on the next attack roll or ability check of an ally within 30 feet.
  • Vengeful Strike: Dag makes a longsword attack.
  • Fearful Gaze (Costs 2 Actions): Dag forces a creature within 30 feet of him to make a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw or become frightened for 1 minute. The target can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the frightened condition on a success.

Currently in the World

Dag the Wise is a tall and regal figure, with a commanding presence that exudes wisdom and authority. His eyes hold a glint of curiosity and keen intelligence, reflecting his deep connection to the world around him. His hair, streaked with silver, falls in a dignified manner to his shoulders, framing a weathered face that speaks of a life well-lived.

Currently, Dag is standing amidst the lush and verdant landscapes of his kingdom, surrounded by the vibrant colors of the natural world. His mood is one of contemplation as he listens intently to the melodic songs of the birds that flit around him, a sign of his ability to understand their speech. Despite his outward calm, a sense of determination emanates from him, a drive to protect and seek justice for the creatures he holds dear.

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